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Iowa planning to open COVID-19 vaccinations to all residents April 5

Published: Mar. 17, 2021 at 10:23 AM CDT
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JOHNSTON, Iowa (WOWT) - Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is giving an update on the state’s COVID-19 response at 11 a.m. Thursday.

The state plans to open vaccinations to all Iowans on April 5 as the state’s vaccine dose allotments increase, officials said.

Reynolds said Wednesday that the federal government is promising a surge in supply in late March that will enable enough vaccinations to meet much larger demand. Until then, vaccinations are only available to adults in certain occupations, people older than 65 or those who have qualifying health conditions.

Iowa gets about 1% of the nation’s COVID-19 dose allotments.

Reynolds says the state doesn’t plan to offer new ways to help people sign up for vaccinations, but she argued the main issue was adequate supply and not issues around scheduling.

Reynolds said Iowa 211 will likely continue to offer phone support for vaccine appointment registration to those who need assistance as age restrictions fall away.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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